Upcoming workshops for community engagers
Changeology: Create projects that change the world
An expert class in project design for those engaging a community or group on a complex social, environmental or health challenge. This enjoyable 2 day workshop gives you the tools and systematic approach to proceed with confidence. And you'll walk away with an innovative real life project design, down to tactics and messages people can't say "no" to!
Full details and booking.
Sydney: 9-10 September
Melbourne: 16-17 September
Facilitation Skills: Facilitate any gathering with confidence
Facilitation is a change maker's core skill. Les shares the skills and tools to positively facilitate almost any group in almost any situation. Includes facilitating for creativity. Full details and booking.
Sydney: 11 September
Melbourne: 18 September
New resources for change makers
Outcomes, objectives, blah blah...
The terminology of project design is life-drainingly managerial and colourless. Here is a suite of more self-explanatory terms.
The language of project design.
"Seriously, friends, we need to talk."
There's a problem with the way we design change projects: "Change Project Management 101" is holding us back. There's a better way.
Why "Surprise yourself!" is the missing magic.
Comfy Zone Diagnostic Tool
Decisions, decisions, and so much to think about! This simple tool reminds project designers about the full range of behaviour change strategies available to them and when they should be used.
Download the tool (152k PDF).
Les explains the key ideas in Changeology
in this succinct interview with Rob Hopkins of the UK Transition Network.
Les shows how to use the awesome "If not, then what?" method
It's a way to generate a host of convention-busting ideas amazingly quickly. From the fun session at the North East Landcare Forum 2013.
The changeology of waste
Les has designed a special changeology workshop on waste and recycling, and is about to deliver it for North East Waste (NSW). For details contact Les.
Inspirations for waste and recycling project design
inspiring slideshow about what works in influencing household waste and recyclng behaviours. (2.4Mb PDF)
Change the world in your own time, with Les Robinson as your mentor.
Note: Places remain for Waste and water professionals, fully funded by the SESA Program.
Expand your mind with Changeology ideas, resources, and real life case studies on Les's BLOG and
Most read articles
The problem with Social Marketing - why you can't sell change like soap
This paper presents a critique of Social Marketing. Why the answer to "wicked" problems requires different approaches. The paper. (140k PDF)
Enabling Change: the process and the theory
Here is the step-by-step methodology and the theoretical background to the Enabling Change method of program design.
The Enabling Change process (260k PDF)
5 Doors Theory (147k PDF). 5 Doors diagram (12k PDF).
Introduction to the Diffusion of Innovations
A succinct introduction to the model of change that focuses on innovation design, viral communications, and satisfying the needs of users. Download (259k PDF)
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